Wonder Years is a Reggio Emilia inspired Preschool, After School Activity Workshop and Day Care for children between the age of 18 months to 10 years, at Vaishali Nagar in Jaipur. Wonder Years holds a sole vision to embark a new sense of learning by eliciting curiosity & wonder through fun in the childhood years. Wonder Years’ programmes & curriculum is based on experiential learning. Children explore & get their hands dirty while learning new & interesting things. Our major focus is to let them explore the unexplored while having fun.
At Wonder Years, we follow the Reggio Emilia inspired, emergent curriculum founded on a child’s curiosity.
It is an experiential approach to learning and discovery of ideas. A rounded development is envisioned with an emphasis on social, cognitive, personal, physical and emotional well-being
The collaborators work together to create a stimulating environment where an idea is explored via discussions and hands-on experiences
We follow a three step process to integrate knowledge meaningfully, (a) digging deeper into the idea, (b) interactions within the environment, and (c) implementation of the idea.
What is the learning environment?
The individually designed areas offer a stimulating environment for holistic growth
A system of fluid traffic through the day is followed – the unrestricted and varied environment keeps the child excited to learn.
What tools do we use?
Documenting works and ideas of the children are essential to their evolution. Educators use transcripts, photographs, videos and art representations to create records
A bidirectional sharing of information amongst the educator and parents is maintained to have an understanding of the child in different contexts
Documentation is reviewed regularly to encourage and develop the child’s learning
A Provocation Table is moderated by the educator where a theme is picked and explored interactively through a collection of displayed objects. The climate is set by encouraging questions, creating a web of interrelated ideas and starting a dialogue
This provokes the children to think about the theme in an innovative way
Free Play is spontaneous interactions of the children with their environment. Space and time is devoted everyday to this unstructured activity to nurture the capacity of children to learn by themselves
Exercises of Practical Life (EPL) are structured activities of daily life
Integrating these into the curriculum facilitates the child’s everyday functioning
Projects are undertaken in groups or independently. A meaningful task is assigned to each child to inculcate being responsible towards oneself and others
The materials used are open ended and natural like shells, seeds, nuts, and leaves